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New Life Daily Devotion - September 6

  • 2021 Sep 06


If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come — one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?
Hebrews 7:11

Are you a person who’s never quite satisfied because you can’t attain perfection?  I have good news for you! Perfection is unattainable, so you can rest from your efforts.  Yes, excellence is a worthy goal, but perfection is nothing but pure fiction! You’re not perfect, and neither is your spouse, your children, your boss, or your co-workers.  Not even your dog is perfect.

Nevertheless, if you’re a perfectionist, you’ll be quicker to judge rather than show mercy.  Most perfectionists end up correcting other people rather than connecting with other people. 

If you struggle with this, remember—relationships are always more important than regulation, so be careful not to push yourself and the people in your life toward perfection.  Lay down your spears, tear down those walls, and step forward to discover that it’s perfectly fine to be human in every area of life.

“Perfection consists in one thing only: doing the will of God.”
- St Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)


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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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